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ARC 2013: AQP risks jeopardising training placements

5 March 2013 - 3:00pm

The arrival of any qualified providers (AQP) in the NHS has the potential to disrupt the provision of student physiotherapy placements and training, delegates at this year’s annual representative conference have been told.

Beverley Hodges, a student executive committee representative, warned that physiotherapists should be ‘deeply concerned about the changes proposed to the provision of clinical education and training.

‘Currently AQPs have no obligation to provide training…this poses a great problem for training.’

She said that the lack of training provision risked leading to a physiotherapy workforce that was not only less skilled but also less efficient.

‘What makes them [AQPs] any different from anyone else? Should they not have a role in the moulding of the workforce?,’ she asked.

Joanne Garzoni agreed. ‘It does seem like at the moment some health policy has been decided on the back of an envelope…student CSP members are the future of physiotherapy and we need to invest in their education to ensure the future of our profession.’

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